Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lucien 2013 - Carlo Russo Wine & Spirit World
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Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lucien 2013

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Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lucien 2013


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Well, is this wine really a surprise? It actually was to us. I had long been thinking about making a Bandol-rouge style wine but never felt like I had found the right vineyards. I did know that one component fell into place when we found Evangelho Vineayrd in Contra Costa County back in 2011. The second element came with Gibson Ranch and its incredibly old Grenache and mixed Syrah (the 2013 of which will be released in the Spring). While futzing around with blending this Spring I, rather jokingly, put together a blend that resembled Tempier's La Miguoa (Mourvedre with a nice dollop of Grenache and Cinsault) but replacing the Cinsault with the old mixed Syrah plantings. I brought a glass over to Chris who was mumbling sweet nothings to his computer (typical) to get his thoughts. We are releasing the wine so you can imagine what he said (there may have been chest bumping and awkward pats on the ass involved). The wine comes completely from dry-farmed vines planted prior to 1900. It was aged completely in neutral oak prior to being transferred to a small older foudre.
Category Red Wine
Region California
Brand Bedrock Wine Co.
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Wine AdvocateAn homage to a Bandol-styled wine from the Domaine Tempier, the 2013 Proprietary Red Ode to Lucien comes from vineyards planted before 1900. Composed of 72% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache and 8% Syrah, this beauty offers up notes of sweet, briery black raspberry and black cherry fruit, earth, underbrush, pepper and barbecue spice, and a deep, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel. The Mourvèdre component is very ripe, but not overdone. The result is a complex, blue and black-fruited style of wine with plenty of body as well as sweet tannin. It should drink well for 7-10 years.

Robert Parker, December 2014
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Wine SpectatorA dark and brooding blend, with smoldering aromas of blackberry, smoky herb and licorice and deep flavors of dried cherry, bitter chocolate and rustic underbrush. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2017 through 2026. 150 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2016